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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Brokaw, wife unhurt in crash

NBC newsman Tom Brokaw and wife Meredith were involved in a fatal car accident in New York City on Friday afternoon, but both left the scene without injuries.

In a statement, the Brokaws said they were driving in the far left lane of the Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx when they noticed a spool of cable bouncing along the far right lane. A green SUV in the right lane came up fast and, while trying to avoid the cable, slid into the middle lane, forcing a mail truck into the Brokaws' lane of traffic.

According to the statement, Brokaw slammed on the breaks and slid into the mail truck. The SUV driver, an unidentified 28-year-old woman, was thrown from her vehicle and fell to her death on train tracks 70 feet below the overpass, officials told a New York Fox affiliate.

So, Tiger's giving advice now?

We don't read Golf Digest magazine, but we did a double-take at the cover of this month's issue. Tiger Woods is pictured in caddy garb behind a crouching President Obama, with this headline: "10 Tips Obama Can Take from Tiger."

Interesting timing! Golf Digest rep Bret Hopman tells us the issue went to press Nov. 14, two weeks before Woods's much-discussed single-car accident. Woods's crash has raised questions about his personal life, making the advice angle seem more appropriate the other way around.

"At the heart of it, the story is 10 things great individuals in their respective fields can take from each other," said Hopman. "And kind of a wake-up call to the folks in D.C. that golf does so much for the economy," like providing jobs and generating money for charity. "That was the reason for having Obama on the cover."

And no -- Woods and the president didn't pose together. The image is merely a convincing photo illustration.

OnStar to senator's rescue

Technology can be good insurance.

Julia Corker, 22-year-old daughter of Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), was carjacked on Capitol Hill on Wednesday night, after stopping to help a man she thought needed directions. The man pulled her from the car, threw her to the ground and drove away. In a CNN.com interview, the senator said Julia is "really sore." The car, fitted with an OnStar vehicle location system, was recovered in Seat Pleasant, where police arrested two suspects.

Corker said he was impressed with OnStar but admitted he had nearly canceled the service, which charges a monthly fee. "I was telling the lady who handles that for me in Chattanooga, each month I was saying, 'I don't want to pay this, I don't want to pay this,' " Corker said. "Certainly it paid off tremendously."

Judge's research 'Gone Wild'

It's a rough job, but someone's got to do it: A Florida judge, set to evaluate a motion to dismiss a civil suit against "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis, says he can't make a decision until he reviews all "Girls Gone Wild" footage relevant to the case. The suit was brought by four adult women who say they were 13 to 17 when they were filmed by Francis's company in stages of undress or engaging in sexual activity. Francis's motion claims the actions on film did not violate Florida law. Trial is set for February, the Associated Press reports.

End notes

Spotted: Randy Jackson having dinner at Washington's Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca on Thursday night. The "American Idol" judge (blazer, tie) arrived with three family members around 7, just after his National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony hosting duties were over.

Born: A daughter to actress Maya Rudolph and husband/director Paul Thomas Anderson, on Nov. 6, People reports. Lucille joins older sister, Pearl, 4.

-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports

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